Sit-in launched in Berlin in solidarity with hunger strike in prisons

A five-day sit-in has been initiated in German capital Berlin to protest the Imrali isolation and to support the prison resistance.

A five-day sit-in started at Alexanderplatz in Berlin on Monday following the call of the KCDK-E (European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress) co-presidential board.

A written statement made here said: "Kurdish political prisoners in the 120 prisons in Kurdistan and Turkey have launched a hunger strike to protest the Imrali isolation system and the increasing political genocide operations against HDP deputies, thousands of political prisoners, including journalists and politicians, imposed by the AKP-MHP fascist government.


Addressing the activists who came together under heavy snowfall, KCDK-E co-chair Yüksel Koç said the following:

“The hunger strikes ongoing under the difficult conditions of prisons are also human resistance. We support this growing resistance from here and state that their demands are also our demands. The political prisoners who continue this resistance in prisons call upon all institutions, politicians, intellectuals and artists who support democracy and freedom to undertake responsibility to fight fascism. We start our action with this sense of this responsibility.”

Speaking after, Aveg KON representative Serpil Aslan said: "The hunger strike of the prisoners in Turkey’s prisons, who include Çaglar Demirel and Sebahat Tuncel, is taking place in order to put an end to the isolation on Mr. Öcalan and against the crackdown and torture in prisons. The fascist AKP-MHP power block arrests and punishes everybody in its pirate courts as can be seen in the case of Leyla Güven. We have come together in Europe both to expose the practices of the fascist regime and to voice the demands of the prisoners.”

Berlin State Parliamentarian Hakan Taş said that they will follow the prisoners' resistance as Die Linke.